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Penjom Gold Mine


Installation of InLine Pressure Jigs

and InLine Leach Reactor

6 x IPJ1500 1 x first ILR1000 prototype

Continuous (1 tph treated)


Replace CIP circuit and increase overall recovery of gravity

concentrate in highly carbonaceous preg-robbing gold ore.


Penjom Gold Mine Kuala Lipis, Malaysia

General Manager

Eric Vesel (previously, Gordon Lewis)


13th June 1998


Gravity recovery in a highly carbonaceous gold ore.

Increased overall recovery by 15%.
Increased overall gravity gold recovery from 10 to 50%
at time of installation

Gekko Systems installed six InLine Pressure Jigs (IPJ1500) to recover

both free and sulphide associated gold from the grinding circuit. The
significance of this recovery was considerable due to the extremely low
gold recovery in the downstream CIP leach circuit at that time. The Penjom
ore carries varying amounts of aggressive naturally occurring fine organic
carbon. This fine carbon then carries gold to tail where it is lost. Penjom was
Gekko' s first ILR Installation and involved significant development.

From the left: Eric Vesel, General Manager and Sandy Gray, Technical Director Gekko Systems

The very low

capital investment
combined with the
very high return
has proved an
investment and a
critical plant
Eric Vesel
General Manager

The InLine Pressure Jigs recover gold into a concentrate that is low in fine
carbon. This concentrate is then cleaned in a further concentration step to
produce a feed grade of ~ 600 - 800 ppm Au which reports to an InLine
Leach Reactor. The final concentrate is then leached to in excess of 90%
recovery (highest recovery device in plant). The solution is continuously
separated from the solid by settling the solid in a cone and further
dewatering on an inclined vibrating screen to produce a solid filter cake of
approx. 85% solids by weight. The pregnant solution is passed through
selective carbon absorption columns to recover the gold in solution. The
carbon is stripped occasionally in a conventional carbon strip circuit.
Typical gold loadings on the carbon are around 10,000 ppm Au.

Penjom staff, in conjunction with Gekko, carried out all the associated test
work for this installation on site. The Penjom laboratory staff were
instrumental in the good work achieved in the development phase and
should be entitled to a royalty for their contribution. The leach kinetics
achieved on the concentrates was very rapid, resulting in a relatively small
reactor volume running at high capacity. The ILR residence time is
approximately 60 minutes.
The overall gold recovery at Penjom is now in excess of 90%. For this ore
type, with such an aggressive preg robbing index, is a world first using
hydrometallurgical processes and a spectacular achievement. Site staff
have continued their innovation to optimise all aspects of the operation with
extraordinary success. The very low capital cost with very high return of
this installation has proved an attractive investment and a critical plant
The Penjom team successfully converted a conventional CIL plant to
operate on selective resin. The use of resin in leach for the full
downstream leach circuit has been successfully and recovers
approximately 30% of the total gold recovered in the plant.

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